Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inspire Me: Healthy

It's a pretty widely known fact that I eat and play healthy.
Then last week, I mentioned that I was on a detox, and now thanks to Kristen and Raven, I have the perfect opportunity to share it with you!
All In My Twenties
Now when I say detox, I'm not talking about the kind where you drink juice, funky soups, and/or spend days on the toilet.
What I mean, is that I cut my processed foods down and went au naturale for the week.
Technically, I am supposed to eat that way all the time for the Diabetic Diet, but it is a little hard to be that strict all the time. However, I am now sticking to it much easier, because the detox reset my system! I have less cravings, am better at feeling fulfilled with the right amount of food, and even turned down my fave buffalo chicken sandwich after one bite the other day!
Didn't look back, either.
Before I go any further, I need to reiterate that I am not now, nor ever, advocating diets.
At least not in the four-letter-word-version.
I can't tell you how many times people ask me for tips and help, only to be left disappointed that I don't sell them some secret or magical drug, that makes the LB's go *poof*.
Although, I think that being healthy IS magic.

+I've lost weight.
+I have a better complexion.
+I am more focused.
+I have more energy.
+I don't get sick. Like ever. Knock on wood.
+I save money not buying junk food or binge eating.
+I am seriously high on life.

Yep, sounds like magic to me.
So magical that this detox helped me shed two pounds of water weight, and another pound of fat in ONE week! I had gotten up to 115 with a lapse of my eating habits (stupid sugar and sodium), and within a week- it was gone, right along with my cravings.

If you are still with me, I will go ahead and show you the photos.
Gotta keep your attention.

I have figured out that I gain weight each year around this time. How does it happen? Not a clue.
I don't really change anything (to my knowledge), so the only thing I can figure is that my body stores some extra calories to get ready for winter...Maybe I'm crazy, but after a few months- I level out again. Actually, I'm happy to have figured this out, because now I don't stress when I gain weight. I just keep up my healthy habits, and go with the flow.
In order to not "feel" those extra pounds, I like to get rid of the bloat that comes along with it. (Specifically in my face, I hate when my face fills out for realz)
For one week, I didn't worry about calories, but I followed these criteria:
Fats: < 7% of Daily intake approx 30 grams
Carbs: < 221 grams
Cholesterol: < 200 mg
Sodium: < 2,000 mg
Sugar: < 20-30 grams
Protein: approx 60 grams 
Fiber: 30-50 grams
I end up getting full faster on the healthy foods, so I never have to pile on the calories, which means that you aren't just losing water weight; you will lose a few pounds of fat as well.
To put it into a layman's terms, I want to share "The Skinny Rules".
I actually HATE that they called it the skinny rules, but unfortunately, if you don't label it as "skinny", people won't take notice. Nobody wants to be healthy, they want to be skinny = Lame.
But alas...this is a great set of rules to follow:

Maybe you won't be able to tell as much as I can, but not only do I feel lighter, I look slightly more toned.  It's amazing to me that one week of eating "right" can make such and impact:

But I want you all to remember something:

I use the scale as a visual, and more often than not, to remind myself that I am made of bone and water- not just meat and fat. Hence why I love the Health-o-meter. Nine times out of ten, I can tell exactly what I weigh by how I feel, and how I feel is more important no matter what! As long as I have energy, am sleeping well, am happy, and feel in tip-top shape, then I am happy. 
Even when I gain a few pounds.

Be HEALTHY. Not scrawny Skinny.

I also want to make sure you checked me out on Niken's blog, yesterday!
I got to talk about "When I Was A Kid", share some photo doozies, and teared up at Niken's sweet intro for me. Go visit Indonesia for the day, via blog land!


Anonymous said...

I love this. I've been changing my diet around a lot lately, trying to figure out what I need to eat in a day, without eating processed foods, or little to no carbs. I completely agree that you just feel better.
Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for sharing!

Hayley said...

Thank you for this post. I'm on day 8 of no soda. And I've cooked meals all week so far. I really want to get healthier. And I know that changing what I eat will do that along with exercise. Your post inspired me and I'm going to sit down tomorrow and make a plan to do just that.



♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

Such a inspiring post, we can all live a healthy life style we just have to want to as well. Thanks for sharing the Skinny Rules.

Unknown said...

Nice inspiration. As you read before I think I struggle with my weight. which really all start with the inside. great post!!

Unknown said...

I love that you strive to be healthy and not skinny. So many people get caught up in the yo-yo diets and their weight follows suit. It's much better to adopt a way of eating and living that's actually attainable and realistic for the rest of your life. Kudos to you for reaching your goal!

californiadreamin said...

Totally agree, I hate the word "skinny", but thats what girls seem to want. Love Bob Harper :) Keep it up girly, you look fab!

Sarah said...

I LOVE this post!! It's brought me to the conclusion that we not only need to spend a weekend together, but a few weeks! You'll have me lookin' good in no time! :) You look amazingg twin. xoxo

Shannon Page said...

These skinny rules are awesome and so helpful! You look amazing - good for u!

Alana Christine said...

I seriously need to take your advice and start eating healthier. I plan to start hitting the gym again after I graduate next week, so I really need to start altering my diet now to see results. Wanna help me? Please!

Jess said...

Even skinny people need to know how to stay healthy. They can still have the same risks (heart disease, diabetes, cancer) as anyone else, and they actually should be even more careful about what they eat since the "fat" doesn't show. I try to keep my diet as healthy as possible (more fruits and veggies) but I also try not to count calories. Love these tips!

Nikki said...

LOVE this post! Love the way you think about what your putting in. I love that you strive to be healthy not skinny. Such a bad word I refuse to use that word when I am referring to myself. I would rather be healthy than skinny any day! Healthy and strong! xoxo

Ash said...

oh i LOVE that scale! i need it (:

and it's great you were watching fat- have you ever plugged in your food to sparkpeople, then looked up the percentages of what you ate in a day? it's AMAZING- even when you think you have eaten little fat or little carbs, when you look at percentages, it will blow your mind to see how ten grams of fat can end up comprising 30-40% of your total calories for the day..

i swear by it- i think next week i shall post more.

and great job to you!

Nicole said...

I have that book on my I just need to get to reading it! I know what I need to do...just need the motivation. What usually helps is when I use myfitnesspal to count calories. I find that it holds me accountable because I can eat WAY more when I'm eating veggies and fruits!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

I need that scale!!!!!! Congrats on making your goal pretty lady!!!! I re-pinned the skinny rules - thanks for sharing all this great info!!! :)

Holly said...

I want that scale. And your stomach.

That is all.

Unknown said...

I love when you post about health and what not - It always inspires me. You have such a great bod and out look on life (: I'm still working towards my goals, I haven't seen much progress but I'm sure I will be soon. I pinned the skinny rules the other day. LOVE IT!

Traci said...

This week my goal was to eat at least 5 fruits/veggies a day and to always have one before I eat something junky...and I feel a ton better especially mentally and my cravings have almost disappeared. Amazing!

Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } said...

goooo gf!!!! evern thought I think you already have a freaking fabulous body! So i was reading the skinny says dont drink your calories...guilty. hahahaha! but i do agree, just changing up a few simple things can help. Beautiful as always! LOVE YOU! xx Kelly

AS71285 said...

Thank you for sharing those rules, they are perfect! You look fabulous and should be so proud! :)

Also I live that you reiterated that there is NO magic pill, I hate that people think there is.

@ Cut the Crap

CeCe said...

Those skinny rules are AWESOME! Some of them I already do and some of them I definitely could stand to work on. I love the health ometer! I want one now. I rely on the scale a lot!! And sometimes that only frustrates me.

Modern Camelot said...

Those are awesome tips. They seem so common sense, but its awesome to have them all in one place. I need to print that out and put it in my kitchen..

Kristen @ All In My Twenties said...

You look amazing! I am JELLO!

Thanks for linking up and thanks for the tips!


Jess said...

Great post girl!
That's so exciting that you reached your look awesome :)

I'm all about eating healthy! It makes SUCH a difference in so many aspects of your life...soo worth it!


My-cliffnotes said...

What's health-o-meter?! I want one! And your stomach please!

Hilary said...

You're such a great motivater ;) You should be a professional speaker!

Jean said...

it really does save on money!!!

this week i was craving grease so badly.... i guess once in awhile isn't bad, right? :)

Nicole said...

Such great words of advice... and yeah Diet is an ugly word! btw, I'm hungry right now :). I'll go to bed that way... LOL :)

lesley: the dream tree said...

i love those skinny tips! although i don't agree with all of them, i'm definitely going to try some of them out. i'm such a bad eater at times!

Megan said...

Your stomach is awesome. Mine is growing and yours is shrinking. UGH. Haha. After the baby is here, I am SO getting my flat stomach back.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Love this post. I'm all about being HEALTHY and not just skinny. I"m trying to eat clean too so it's always nice to read about other people doing the same thing!



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